“Children On the Playground – Violin Concerto for Strings” with soloist Tamas Kocsis and the Orlando Philharmonic

Over three days in February of 2010, Children On the Playground received three superb performances  by Sir Tamas Kocsis and the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Christopher Wilkins. These videos, captured by Dr. Lisa Mills of the University of Central Florida, speak for themselves. Tamas brilliantly captured the spirit and heart of this work. Maestro Wilkins treated the music with great care. I am in debt to Tamas for his articulate musicianship and professionalism.

I. Joyful Play

2. Yearning

3. Follow the Leader

Introduction and demonstration of “Children On the Playground” to the audience


The last video here is my concert pre-talk I delivered before each performance. The intention of this talk was to give audiences a way to listen to the works more than reveal my real compositional process.

The high quality of these performances could not have been managed without the ample time devoted in rehearsal which was made possible by the support Ed Haddock, a co-owner of Full Sail University. I recorded two of three of these performances in surround (the stereo versions of these mixes presented here) with the invaluable help of engineers Paul Harlyn and Brian Smithers. We employed a Soundfield SPS422B, a pair of extremely wide-spaced AKG 451s and a pair of AT4051s on Tamas in an x/y configuration. The first concert, February 13th, was presented at the Community Presbyterian Church in Celebration Florida – the best acoustical sonic space for a group this size in our area. For Valentines Day, the orchestra performed the first movement, Joyful Play, for an outdoor concert in the new Avalon Park community green as a part of United Arts of Central Florida Arts Fest 2010. The Monday February 15th concert, was presented at Margeson Theater in the Lowndes Shakespeare Center on the Set for “Hamlet”.

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